Perhaps you find yourself daydreaming at your office desk of getting away, whether it’s to a sun-soaked beach, a sylvan mountainside or a fabulous resort destination. We could all use a good vacation, but sometimes it’s just not in the cards. However, more and more Americans—even those lucky enough to have paid vacation time—are not taking vacations. Why not? More and more evidence is mounting that taking a break from work might actually help you be more productive. Here’s an overview of how getting away could help you work smarter, not harder.
Why Aren’t People Taking Time Off?
Perhaps people are afraid of losing their jobs or their position in their company if they take too much time off. Maybe they’ve got too much going on at home, school or work to even think about taking time away. Perhaps they don’t feel like they deserve it, or maybe it has to do with lack of disposable income to take off on a vacation. Americans have many reasons for going long stretches without a vacation.
But studies consistently show that taking a vacation or two each year can increase your productivity at home and in the office, improve your health and even boost your creativity. A whopping 42% of employees who have paid time off don’t use it, leaving a total of about eight days unused. It’s not just the employees, either: 43% of small business owners are taking less vacation time now than they were 5 years ago.
Health Benefits of Getting Away
Perhaps the biggest benefit to taking a vacation is the impact on your health. Work generates a lot of stress, so taking time off from that stress can help you recharge and come back with a clear head. When you separate yourself from your normal work, school and home routine, you’re able to replenish and repair your body.
Leisure activities, like golf, swimming or visiting a spa, have been proven to result in improved happiness and less depression, with other health perks such as lower blood pressure and less extra weight. It seems women benefit the most from taking the occasional trip; females who took a vacation twice per year reported lower rates of depression and stress than those who got away just once every two years.
Creativity and Productivity
When you go on vacation, you clear your head, making space for creativity to flourish. When you’re away from the office, and separated from all the stressors in that environment, you can think creatively instead of reactively. Getting out of your routine can also help you think of solutions and ideas you might not have had you been stuck inside all day. If you’ve been hitting a wall creatively at work, it’s time to refine and re-tune your approach, and a vacation is a perfect time to do that. After a vacation, your productivity when you return to work will increase because you’re bringing a fresh perspective to the job. 34% of people feel more productive when returning from a vacation.
If you’re overwhelmed by the idea of leaving all your responsibilities behind for too long, try getting away often but for shorter periods of time, like a weekend. Even one day away can help you improve your outlook on life, resulting in lower stress levels and reduced risk of heart disease as well as more motivation over time.
Bluewater Resort and Casino is the perfect place to recharge and take some time off work. You can try your luck in the casino, take in a concert, hit the beach or check out the pool and water slides or hit the golf course. Come back to work refreshed and ready to take on a new day!